Skilley is a cat with a secret. This secret leads him to the Ye Old Cheshire Cheese Inn, home of London's best cheese and ten-thousand mice. There he makes an unexpected friend, becomes involved in a rescue plot and protects those he loves from an evil foe. Along the way he learns what true friendship is, what it means to be courageous, and most of all what it means to be true to ones self. This is a beautifully written tale featuring characters that are hard not to love. There is danger and suspense as well as love and friendship. The language is slightly reminiscent of Charles Dickens (who, by the way, makes appearances throughout the story) and the illustrations complement the story perfectly. This would be a great book for older middle schoolers (and up) and would work very well for a read-aloud to younger grades as well. Happy reading!